Confident of excellent weather for the third year running for this traditional October ride a select band set out from the View Tube for coffee and cake at the RSPB centre on Rainham Marsh. Â Having survive the industrial and post-industrial stretch from the Greenway atÂ Beckton to Rainham Village the marsh provided an excellent rideÂ including evocative views of the Thames:
Having refreshed ourselves we took a very short diversion to examine a newÂ Â gunpowder museum, shown in thee background of this photo
and headed back up through the Ingrebourne Valley country park to Upminster, taking in the Col de Ingrebourne Hill with its panoramic views of East London.
By the time we reached our destination there was a hint of light rain throughÂ theÂ sun, but nothing to compromise an enjoyable 26 mile runaround.